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  Some of the top consultancies have been named to Working Mother magazine's annual list of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers".
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Top consultancies named best companies for working mothers

Booz Allen Hamilton, Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers have been named to the Top 10 on Working Mother magazine's annual list of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers", where some of the companies have appeared in consecutive years.

Accenture, The Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, Grant Thornton LLP, IBM and McKinsey & Company were also named to the list.

Leading a significant and ongoing culture shift, and named to the top ten list for the third year, Booz Allen Hamilton is using company-wide benefits and programs to ensure the retention and advancement of working mothers. Benefits such as flexible scheduling, childcare, paid parental leave, and programs for alumni and children of working mothers are highlighted.

Ernst & Young has consistently been included on the national "100 Best" list; 2007 marks its tenth consecutive year in the rankings, and the 11th year overall. This year, Working Mother identified four key areas where companies that made the list have excelled. These areas include: encouraging workers to take personal time leading to greater employee satisfaction and productivity, offering unique benefits regardless of rank; accommodating the needs of parents of children with disabilities; and melding the communications styles of different generations.

Since the list's inception in 1986, KPMG has appeared on Working Mother's "100 Best Companies" list 11 times. The magazine gave the firm high marks for its time off and leave policies, flexibility, child care, company culture, and family friendly programs and initiatives.

At PwC birth moms and primary adoptive caregivers receive 12 weeks off, with nine fully paid. Having twins or triplets? As of this year, the firm will kick in two more weeks for caregivers with multiples.

According to Carol Evans, CEO and president, Working Mother Media, "Accenture not only offers essential benefits like flextime and telecommuting—they go above and beyond with a range of best practices and policies to ease the difficulties for working parents and their families. Their supportive culture makes a huge difference to employees who want to be great moms and great workers. "

New parents at The Boston Consulting Group may take an unlimited amount of time off, with managerial approval, for the birth or adoption of a child. Birth and adoptive moms are fully paid for 12 weeks, while dads receive one week of paid leave.

Deloitte & Touche USA LLP has been named to the list for the fourteenth consecutive year. Deloitte garnered its highest ratings for flexibility, company culture and total compensation.

IBM that its many flex policies won't be as effective if employees are working too many hours. So last year it put the power in the hands of its people: A new program, People Oriented Work Redesign (POWR), teaches employees how to cut the time they spend on low-value tasks and boost their productivity—all in an effort to help staffers get home to their families sooner.

McKinsey & Company's vast majority of employees work off-site, so an on-site child-care centre wouldn't meet their needs. Instead, some staffers receive backup support during school holidays and when regular child care falls through. They can choose in-home care or use a company-sponsored facility.

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